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Looking for a great thin crust pizza. Not willing to tolerate the long waits at Pizzeria Bianco. Where else can I get a great thin crust pizza? TIA

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  1. The wait times at Pizzeria Bianco have shortened considerably with the addition of lunch service there and the availability of pizzas at Pane Bianco (to-go, even). That said, if you're dead set against going to either, my next choice would be 'Pomo Pizzeria in Scottsdale. After that, in no particular order, I'd choose Classic Italian Pizza, Humble Pie, The Parlor, or Cibo.

    I haven't had a chance to try the pizza at either La Piazza al Forno or Andreoli, but I would based on their reputations, I imagine they likely would occupy spots in my top 3 (or 4) with Bianco's places and 'Pomo.

    Of course, these are just *my opinions*, based on *my tastes*. Your mileage may vary, the best pizza is in the palate of the beholder, yadda yadda yadda.

    *cue the "Bianco is overrated" chorus*

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    Classic Italian Pizza
    1054 E Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283

    Pizzeria Bianco
    623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Andreoli Italian Grocer
    8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

    Cibo
    603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103

    Pane Bianco
    4404 N Central Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85012

    Humble Pie
    6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

    La Piazza Al Forno
    5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

    Humble Pie
    21050 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

    The Parlor Pizzeria
    1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Humble Pie
    2333 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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    1. re: hohokam

      Thanks HHK. I had heard of 4 hour wait times. I've waited that long for BBQ in Texas but I'm only in Phoenix for 4 days for spring training (my first and maybe only) so I don't have the luxury of having time for long waits. I've heard Humble Pie is great and would happily eat there instead of waiting in long lines for Pizzeria Bianco. Thanks for your reply. DSG

      1. re: dimsumgirl

        If you're thinking of hitting the the Humble Pie location in Scottsdale, I'd definitely suggest you cross the street to try 'Pomo instead. Pizzas I've had at Humble Pie have been good to very good, but 'Pomo pies have been excellent on all of my visits.

        If you were looking at Humble Pie's central Phoenix location, I'd steer you to either of Chris Bianco's places, both of which are relatively nearby.

        1. re: hohokam

          I noticed yet another Humble Pie location in the Safeway Plaza at 64th St and Greenway (Kierland Village).

          http://humblepieusa.com

      2. re: hohokam

        I've been to La Piazza al Forno a couple of times, and it's a similar style to 'Pomo (straight up certified VPN), but while it's good I wouldn't choose it over 'Pomo unless it was a whole lot closer to me. And then I still probably wouldn't because I don't mind driving. I usually dislike calling one "better," but in a situation where it's such a direct comparison within a narrowly defined style, I don't mind saying that 'Pomo has come out solidly on top for me.

        1. re: Dmnkly

          I agree with Dmnkly. Count me as a fan of Pomo! I've had VPN pizzas in several big cities, like San Francisco and Los Angeles, and I think Pomo does it the best and most consistently, not just in PHX but all over the West. Other stuff on their menu is less impressive to me.

          I'd got to Pomo and I'd only order pizza and drinks. Salads are over-priced and not that great, IMO.

          http://pomopizzeria.com/

          1. re: johnseberg

            Oh, hadn't heard of Grazie. Thanks for that. We are staying near the airport in Phoenix but we will have a rental car so the drive is not an issue. Thank you.

          2. re: hohokam

            I failed to notice that no place link for 'Pomo showed up in my earlier post--correcting that oversight here...

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            'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
            6166 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

            1. re: hohokam

              Yeah, I tried too, hohokam. I guess I left out the apostrophe and it wouldn't come up for me...!

          3. I'll secomd Grazie, and suggest La Grande Orange for a nice sourdough thin crust, or Tommy V's on Camelback as well. Cibo is great if your downtown. If I had to chose. Grazie for total experience and best Italian wine list

            1. Parlor and Pomo are both good. However, I can't let the opportunity pass to say you really shouldn't have to wait 4 hours if you want to go to Bianco- an hour tops at peak lunch time- go around 2-5 pm and you can walk right in. Worth the risk, IMHO.

              1. Here are my highly opinionated pizza choices :)

                I like LGO the best (and their wings are great, grilled and meaty and spicy)
                That being said you have to like sourdough crust, if you do its fantastic if not then you probably wont think it is special - i like their margarhita pizza the best

                the rest:

                I have been to Humble Pie Pomo Cibo Bianco and Grazie

                I think the best of those i would say Bianco - but too long of a wait - lunch time wait should be under 1 hour - worth doing it once if you are in the area, if limited on time i would agree with others and try the many other options

                Pomo is also very good but not for the actual price you are paying IMO - not saying they dont use good ingredients, just that for the money you spend there i would rather spend it somewhere else (non pizza like hana etc) - however if you want a good pizza with high quality toppings, then you would be happy here

                humble pie and grazie are just ok to me - wouldnt go out of my way for them or go there, unless someone else was paying

                Cibo love them for lunch, wasnt impressed by their pizza but we got two white sauce and no red sauce pizza's when we went, but neither were that great - if you are down there for lunch highly recommend it - but they only have sandwiches at lunch no pizza

                have not been to The Parlor

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                1. re: Dapuma

                  I've been to Pizzeria Bianco for lunch three times in the past couple months and there was never a wait for a table (always went shortly after 1 PM, after the local noon business lunch crowd dissipates). Usually took just a few minutes for the pizza to arrive. Usually 2-4 open tables and empty stools at the bar.

                  Not sure how or if this has changed in March, which is the busiest tourist month for Phoenix because of MLB spring training, but I doubt the lunch wait is very long if you avoid the 12 o'clock sharp rush of local office workers.

                  1. re: willyum

                    i work right by there so when i go i always hit the rush - however if there is a wait we just head over to noobu for lunch so either way is fine, but we are normally told around 45-60min wait if there is a wait, but our arrival time is always between 1130-1215, it is hit or miss when we have to wait, the closer to 1130 arrive the less change of there being a wait

                2. My wife and I went to Pizzeria Bianco for my brithday February 8th. It was on a wednesday and we arrived around 6:00 pm and there was no wait. We got seated immediately and there were still quite a few empty tables. I was hesitant for the longest time to check out their pizza because of the long wait times. I'm glad we finally gave in to checking it out, and getting seated immediately was definitely a bonus.

                  1. Thanks to everyone for the replies to my post. We had a great experience at Pomo. They were so kind and attentive and the pizza was great. I was so happy that we did not have to deal with the wait at PB.

                    1. We went to La Pizzeria al Forno and it divine. We went at 5:30 on a Tues night and there was already a line. It was worth the wait. The calamari was the lightest and most tender I have ever had EVER and there are few things I abhor more than bad seafood. The pizza was light and crisp with good quality ingredients (house made mozzerella anyone?) The ice tea is fresh brewed. Service was wonderful and the owner is a sweetheart. a place worth multiple visits. I just wish they would move to LA so I could have it all the time.

                      1. We really enjoyed The Parlour Pizzeria. Great appetizers and salads, very creative and using fresh seasonal ingredients. Pizzas (crust) were cooked spot on, again with well crafted, unusual combinations of fresh ingredients. Been to many of the others mentioned and Parlour is top of my list.